We have arrived later in the evening to the base of Marmolada and we booked a room in Marmolada Refuge at 2000m altitude. We set down at the table to have a warm meal. We found great food once again, just to discover that this cook was Romanian too.
We asked advice from the owner of the place to understand the best way to climb Marmolada. He was really kind and gave us a map for free, showed us the trail, from where to book all the gear we needed in order to achieve our goal.
We were really pumped up for this one.
Went to sleep early to wake up early in order to follow the plan.
In the morning, big surprise. There was a 10cm snow outside and a -5C – whaaat? this is insane! It is August – how is this possible? We were not prepared to continue the journey, I only had short pants with me and a few trousers which were already soaked wet. At the base we got -5C but on the summit it was -23C.
Decided to roam around in the snow a little bit and take the first buss to Verona and enjoy a bit more sun before the we end our trip in Italy.
Originally we thought about spending one day hiking from Refuge Vajolet till Antermoia and descend the following day, but we have arrived quite early to Refuge Antermoia and decided to continue descending in the same day to Mazzin – a town at the base of the Dolomite’s and go to Marmolada. Spend the night at the base and the second day to do the summit 3343m.
This means about a 5h journey to the one of the refuge on Marmolada, stay over night there and the following day early in the morning to walk up via ferrata. It sounded like a perfect plan!
We started descending from Antermoia to the town and only after 30-40 min walk the gray cliffs and rocks changed into beautiful green fields and joyful marmot sounds. The marmots are the cutest things I have ever seen, they ran away from us up the hill, barely dragging their fat rear.
The journey down to the town shortly became never ending – it took us approximately 3 to 4 hours to the base. We walked down through a beautiful valley which might be the most incredible thing I have experience in my hikes. A really cool river stream flowing down the pathway, strong green vegetation everywhere you looked, mind-blowing mountain peaks in the far distance and really cool caves.
Once we finally arrived to Mazzin it started to rain, so I think it was a good decision to walk down from the mountains as soon as possible.
Next Stop – Marmolada.
Fassa Valley – The beginning of our journey to the Dolomites. After a good night sleep at Mariannas house we woke up early in the morning to do some shopping for our trip and hit the road from Trento to Fassa Valley.
After a few hours journey we arrived around 12 pm to Fassa Valley. We are only at the base of the mountains at around 1400m altitude yet the view is already amazing. The plan is to have a quick stop and have something to eat and then see weather we will go up to Campedie refuge by foot or take the cable car.
While we were eating it started to rain, so we decided to take the cable-car up to the refuge.
Campedie refuge – 2000m altitude.
Walking through the forest of Vajolet we see some amazing views over the cliffs of the Dolomites. The rain is keeping up and by the time we got to the refuge Gardecia we were soaked wet.
We stopped for a quick brake to have a tea and warm up. In the meantime the rain stopped, so we took advantage of it and quickly went up to refuge Vajolet at 2240m. As high as we get the more difficult it gets, the rain is getting worst and worst, but after a few hours we arrive to the refuge and seek for a warm room to rest and warm up.
The rain created beautiful waterfalls falling off the cliffs and small streams flowing down the walking paths.
We found a tiny double bed room and a hot shower, all we needed.
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